There’s something for everyone in Playa Del Carmen, be it the beach lovers, the party people, the nature lovers, the foodies or even the shopaholics.
This gorgeous and lively beach destination offers world-class beaches, shopping, night life, hotels, eat-outs, adventure sports, relaxation and a whole lot more!
With so much to do in Playa del Carmen, it’s hard to narrow down the long list of reasons to visit, but below you’ll find our top 10.
“Playa” as the locals call it, is located in the middle of the Riviera Maya in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. Playa del Carmen is only 45 minutes away from Cancun. Its central location makes it a tourist hot-spot as all the sights and adventure sites along the Caribbean coastline are easily accessible from this town.
Playa del Carmen has a sub-tropical climate, which means it’s almost always warm. Or hot. The annual average temperature is about 27C or 80F. Irrespective of what time of year you get here, you will have great beach days and the ocean is always warm enough to swim in.
Playa del Carmen is famous for its gorgeous beaches. The deep blue glistening waters and stretches of stunning white sand make for the most breathtaking sight. It’s hard not to fall in love with the scenic beaches here.
It is also known for its stylish beach clubs that offer food and beverage services, a variety of spa treatments and aquatic sports, plus access to restrooms, showers and pools.
Activities in Playa include swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, para-sailing and deep water fishing. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the 18-hole course at Playacar along Mexico’s Mayan Riviera.
The European and American-influenced nightlife in Playa is much talked about. This town has quite an excellent mix of clubs and music venues, as well as several beachside bars. Most of the action centers around El Zócalo and La Quinta, but better deals can be found along the beachside or farther out of town.
Playa del Carmen has plethora of attractions which can easily fill up your holidays. Here is a list of some of the perennial favorities.
LA QUINTA AVENIDA – Better known as the FIFTH AVENUE is the hot-spot for nightclubs, pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes shops and souvenir-shops that are on 24/7.
XCARET – The largest and most impressive theme park in the Riviera Maya where you can snorkel in an underground river, learn about marine life in a living aquarium, walk through a butterfly pavilion, see jaguars and pumas, swim with dolphins or manatees, and learn about sea turtles.
XEL-HA– A natural aquarium park which has an impressive variety of brightly colored tropical fish. It is a wonderland of cenotes, mangroves and lagoons.
TULUM- Holds the honor of being the most picturesque archaeological site in the Riviera Maya and the only one to have been built overlooking the ocean. A visit here offers spectacular views of the Riviera Maya beaches, Caribbean Sea and surrounding coastal region
CENOTE AZUL– Near Playa del Carmen that is open to visitors and offers a quiet cool retreat from the blazing sun and the crowds.
When it comes to shopping you will be spoilt for choice in Playa. Fifth Avenue is full of unique shops offering the latest styles in clothing and beachwear, shoes, hats, sunglasses, unusual handicrafts, artwork, jewelry, leather products and souvenir shops. Hottest-selling souvenirs: Mexican tequila and Cuban cigars!
Mexican, Yucatecan, Italian, Argentinian and a host of other international restaurants line Quinta Avenida. With a spectacular spread of cuisines, Playa has it all for the foodies.
There’s accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes in Playa.
In the recent years, numerous high quality small hotels and condominiums have come forth in Playa del Carmen that offer high style and luxury, on and off the beach.
PEOPLE & ATMOSPHERE:
Playa has a very bohemian atmosphere with an ‘elite’ feel to it.People here are extremely hospitable. Because tourism is the main industry most locals are fluent both in Spanish and English.
Playa del Carmen is a beautiful holiday destination for those seeking a slice of paradise!